Belfast Telegraph

Law 'tried to manipulate story'

Jude Law tried to manipulate a News of the World story about his girlfriend Sienna Miller's affair with Bond star Daniel Craig to make it appear that "she cheated first", it has been claimed.

A PR source asked the paper to "deliberately backdate", claiming the request was effectively from Jude, who had had a fling with a nanny, the hacking trial heard.

The disclosure came as former editor Andy Coulson's lawyer Timothy Langdale QC cross examined self confessed NotW hacker Dan Evans on the fifth day of his evidence.

Evans claims his former editor knew about his hacking activities and that part of the Sienna story was produced from a hacked message to Daniel from Jude confronting him about the affair.

Transcripts from interviews read to the court exposed information from the sources described as One and Two.

Source One, a driver, told the NotW that he first saw Sienna with Daniel at the London restaurant The Ivy, and Sienna was "panicking" the press would make something out of it.

The second time, Source One says they were at a flat in Notting Hill. Daniel left and drove off while Sienna hid behind the door, the Old Bailey was told. The source felt obliged to tell Jude about it, Mr Langdale said.

Source Two, who worked in public relations, told the NotW that the actress was just "keeping Jude dangling" while "going on to her next victim".

The source claimed that Sienna was "clingy" and a bit of a "stalker" so would call both the actors several times an hour.

The source said: "They (Sienna and Daniel) are constantly on the phone with each other. She is always texting and ringing."

The source told the NotW journalist that Sienna had moved out and "fled the country", adding: "She not a nice girl, she's not a goody two shoes."

The source, allegedly speaking for Jude, goes on to suggest: "If you could deliberately backdate so she cheated first, that's the thing he wants the most."

Mr Langdale put it to Evans the information came from these sources, but Evans insisted part of the story had come from a "threatening" voicemail he had intercepted from Daniel's phone from Jude.

The witness claimed a quote from Jde saying, "worry about your own girlfriend, pal" was paraphrased from the voicemail: "Hey mate, hope Saskie (Daniel's then girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell) does not find out."

On Monday, Jude told the Old Bailey trial he confronted his long-time friend over the phone from Baltimore, but not in a message.

Questioned about the discrepancy, Evans said: "I would say Mr Law is mistaken. Is it beyond the realms of possibility he left a voicemail and Daniel Craig rang him back. He did. I heard it, hence why you have got that quote in the story."

Evans also hacked into supermodel Kate Moss's phone and listened to an apparent profession of love from Bond actor Daniel, the trial heard.

He admitted intercepting a message from Daniel while working at the Sunday Mirror telling Kate: "I love you, I love you, I love you."

But he denied that message could have been mixed up in his mind with the Sienna Miller affair, saying they were "two completely separate events".

The court heard that Evans has already admitted conspiracy to hack phones at the Sunday Mirror between February 2003 and January 2005, and the same offence at the News of the World between April 2004 and June 2010.

He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office between January 2008 and June 2010, and perverting the course of justice by giving a false statement in High Court proceedings.

Former NotW editor Andy Coulson, 46, a PR consultant of Charing, Kent, denies conspiring to hack phones and conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

All seven defendants, including former Sun and NotW editor Rebekah Brooks, deny all the charges against them.


From Belfast Telegraph